Orange-blue iguana at the Wakodahatchee wetlands in Delray Beach, Florida

​Animals – Capturing fauna
is almost always incredibly exciting

Animals are great models but not always easy to work with​. ​​To take photos of animals can
be lots of fun and it is rewarded almost always. Cats and dogs are ideal models, not only
for home “snap-shots”. In fact almost all other living creatures we more or less live with are
pretty comfortable and easy to shoot. Some are more fun than others. While dogs are
considered to be perfect models, since most of them listen to basic commands and
therefore do what you as a photographer need, cats on the other hand are a way more
difficult “to work with”. You have to know cats and be able to anticipate their behavior,
only then you will achieve also with this species great results.

Patience is key when shooting animals
A pond or a little lake will give you also lots of great motives when it comes to animal photography. Lots of little critters can be found around a pond. But don’t get too eagerly, patience is key in this kind of shoot. Slow motions, no noise – even putting the shutter on “quiet mode” would be a good idea. A good quality tele lens and of course lots of time are further more necessary to end up with nice shots of little crawling bugs, harvesting bees, or resting dragon flies. Even birds occasionally come to the water’s edge for a quick bath. Once you know the drill and got used to moving in on these motives, you will capture great moments and shine with your shots. Advise: use a lower aperture and play with the light and the colored background.

The eyes of animals bring the magic into your images
Real wildlife photography happens where real wild life is. Unfortunately not everyone who loves to take pictures of animals in their original habitat will have the opportunity to do so. To meet these beautiful and majestically animals out there somewhere in the wilderness, wherever this might be, is not even close comparable with a ticket to Disneyland when it comes to money. But even if money is not the problem, not everyone is cut out for a safari with nights in a tent or a lodge, let's face it. Also on my bucket list is the safari shooting, preferably in Africa, still unchecked.

Nevertheless I love to see elephants, tigers, lions, rhinos and monkeys of all kinds and sizes now and then through the finder of my NIKON. And so I make a trip to a zoo from time to time. The huge advantage there is, that all the animals I would like to see and photograph are in walking distance and always there. No need to ride in a Jeep for hours, just saying. Of course to see real wild animals through your finder is undoubtedly the ultimate thrill for any photographer but to practice your animal photography the zoo seems a perfect location to me. By the way: my best shots in a zoo are almost always of primates. I just love the expressions of Gorillas and chimpanzees for example. They never disappoint and always deliver some action my NIKON just loves.

Another quick piece of advice: make sure when you photograph animals that you focus on the eyes. The eyes of an animal will bring the magic into your image. Oh and one more thing which might be helpful to know, when shooting animals behind fences, use a long-range tele lens and a low aperture with focus on the animal’s head obviously. The fence will become very soft and almost disappears.
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